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New Montrose Grocery Store

Specialty grocery store with serious coffee cred opens a new Montrose location

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Mercantile Montrose interior
Mercantile's Montrose location offers seating and wifi.  Photo by: Eric Sandler
Mercantile Montrose exterior
Look for the logo at the corner of Stanford and Hawthorne. Photo by: Eric Sandler
Mercantile Montrose wine tasting swings
Swings! Photo by: Eric Sandler
Mercantile Montrose espresso machine
Using the espresso machine. Photo by: Eric Sandler
Mercantile Montrose to go drinks
A refrigerated case stores to-go beverages. Photo by: Eric Sandler
Mercantile Montrose Latte
Latte art to go. Photo by: Eric Sandler
Mercantile Montrose interior
Mercantile Montrose exterior
Mercantile Montrose wine tasting swings
Mercantile Montrose espresso machine
Mercantile Montrose to go drinks
Mercantile Montrose Latte

Mercantile, the gourmet grocer and takeaway coffee shop, has only been open for about six months in Rice Village, but it's already expanding and opening a new second location. Tucked into a strip center at the corner of Hawthorne and Stanford, the Montrose location makes some significant improvements to the original.

First, the store shares a parking lot with a neighboring dry cleaner and laundromat, which means the city will allow it to have seating and a public restroom. The ability to sit and enjoy a latte and croissant (sourced from Kraftsmen Baking) while utilizing the free Wi-Fi automatically makes the new Mercantile more appealing.

Just as before, local coffee roster Amaya supplies most of the beans, but Amaya owner Max Gonzalez is no longer directly affiliated with the venture.    

"We're not just a coffee shop. We're a specialty grocery store," assistant manager Stacy Wright tells CultureMap.

 "We're not just a coffee shop. We're a specialty grocery store." 

She's right. Mercantile stocks to-go grocery items like milk and cheese, just as the original does. Even better, the new store merges the offerings of the original with sister store Plate & Bottle to provide a carefully curated selection of wine and beer. The shop has a separate seating area for wine tasting which will be held at least once a month.   

While it seems like the last thing Montrose needs is another place that serves lattes, Wright says the response has been "insane." Mercantile tried to have a limited hours soft opening, but Wright explains that they're already operating at full strength since interest from the neighborhood has been so strong.

"People want to be everything we have," she says with a laugh. Indeed, one person walked in who's already enough of a regular to have a standard order.

Mercantile will celebrate its grand opening Saturday with wine tastings, samples from vendors and more.

Neighborhood residents should check it out. Just don't call it a coffee shop. 

Mercantile is open everyday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.  

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